cut zucchini in rounds about 1/3 inch thick, spoon some pizza sauce, sprinkle with an aged, organic, grass fed cheese, season with salt, garlic, onion powder, basil, oregano...broil in oven at 425 for about 10 minutes or until brown bubbles :)....
Okay on to the "meat" of the post:
I felt challenged this summer when Jason Seib suggested that if I was one of his clients he would put 10-20 pounds of muscle on me. I personally was at a good place with loving myself, loving life, and not taking it personal when a person thinks I am too....anything....
I really wasn't at a place of wanting to invest a bunch of money and time into weights or gym membership or even geeking in the science of making it happen without becoming obsessed to ensure I truly put on only muscle and not any excess fat. I basically didn't want to become a gym rat. Been there, done that, didn't want to go back to it!
But...I did know soooo much more about nutrition than in the past....I did understand the concept of shorter/harder workouts for bigger, better, lasting results. I also understand the science of "building muscle" doesn't mean bulky. IT means getting, stronger, leaner, more powerful. BUT....it can be painful. I really don't like getting sore.
Thus I didn't set out to do this challenge, but I figured I was back up to having healthy, healed joints. My bone density back up from the previous summer. The more the challenge spun in my head the more I found myself wanting to see if it was possible with body weight, a few kettlebells, and a few hand dumbbells. Before I knew it, I was committing myself to kettlebell workouts, Metabolic workouts, lots of pull ups, lots of deep squats, lots of multi-muscle routines.
Result...I did it! I put on 10 solid pounds of muscle with no sacrifice of gaining body fat. I learned what the term skinny fat really means. A person can have body fat that doesn't show on the outside but can have lots of fat and gunk surrounding the organs and internal stuff....that's not good. The fat we may see on a healthy person, that is on the outer layer or mixed with our muscles is much healthier.
There is a dark side to building muscle. Actually it is all in the perspective and the desired goal and look a person may have....as a woman seeing the body fat in a different way can gunk up the mind about what looks "healthy"......(more on this in a future posting!) This has not been an issue for me for quite some time. I have truly internalized how we are all uniquely made. Our bodies are complex creations that the visual result is a combination of genes, nutrition, hard work....and LOVE!!!! The whole buzz term recently of looking good naked for me isn't about the ascetics as much as it is about the heart! When I walk by a mirror naked do I cringe or do I see the amazing being God created me to be....to be naked without shame!
What I really found as the only draw back is that carrying ten extra pounds for running is harder. Let me explain....I am only five foot, one inch....thus even five extra pounds can feel heavier when running...now add ten pounds and it can feel like mud during some of my runs. I am discerning if I want to try to "burn" off some of the muscle? Is running really that important to me? After all I get a great rush and feel really strong with my sprints....it is just the longer distance runs that are not as fun right now cause I can definitely feel it in my joints.
I have found I need to figure out how to strike a balance between the best of both worlds...being able to move boulders and run like a gazelle....so maybe the balance is be like a cheetah?!
I will reflect on this and think about what next physical challenge I want to give myself for 2015....I think being a cheetah would be pretty cool!!
BUT....most important for me is as I am passionate about taking care of my physical health.....I MUST also take care of my mental and spiritual health....because it is a dance with the three...it is a melding of the three when we take that out of context and don't see the value of all three and how we are made then that is when we become imbalanced...when we become obsessed...when we don't find love and happiness in our everyday challenges and goals.
What type of animal would you compare yourself to physically and why? I would love to hear about it. Leave a comment below.
Hugs and prayers always,